The magnification factor, working distance and working area are all important things when buying a microscope. The guide will help you figure out which microscope is best for you. Let’s dive in!
Top microscopes for electronics repair in 2021
1. Andonstar AD407 3D HDMI Soldering Microscope--Best all-round
With a 7″ diameter, Andonstar AD407 gives you a clear, large view of what is going on under the microscope. It wide feature-set makes it an excellent microscope for electronics repair and soldering.
The AD407 also has an HDMI output port, so you can still use it if you desire to work on a large-format monitor.
The adjustable stand gives you an infinite working distance, so there is plenty of space for your soldering iron, testing leads, hot air gun and other tools.
You can control the image output settings like resolution/ frame rate, timestamps, contrast, color temperature, etc. All features are controllable through the buttons under the display or infrared remote (included).
- Low-latency image
- Versatile stand
- Photo/video storage on SD card
- IR remote
- Fully adjustable boom stand
- 144 LED ring light
- High quality optics
- Shadow-free lighting
Stereo Microscope comes with an adjustable-brightness 144 LED ring light, and the ‘ring’-aspect also means that the light is shadow-free.
As for the overall range is 3.5x-90xmagnification, the microscope achieves this by using 10x super-widefield eyepieces in combination with a 0.7x-4.5x zoom objective.
You can add one of the included 0.5x or 2.0x Barlow lenses to further adjust the working distance and magnification to your liking. This model costs a bit more, but does come with the simul-focus feature.
3. 38MP USB Industrial Microscope---Best on a budget
- Easy to use
- Great value
For magnification on a budget, I recommend looking at the Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope. At the time of writing this, its price gives a lot of value for the money.
This microscope comes with built-in, adjustable LEDs. You can adjust the LEDs brightness, so that regardless of what you are viewing under the microscope, you get a properly lit image.
What can you use these microscopes for?
There is a wide range of tasks related to electronics that benefit from the use of a microscope, for example: Soldering, finding damaged traces, locating cold solder joints, identifying failed electrical components.
Basically, any time you do any work or repair that involves circuit boards, a microscope and 40 LED Ring Light are practical tools. No matter if you are a hobbyist or a professional, enough magnification is always useful.